​I have loved watching the Olympics during this last week or so. The dressage and the artistic gymnastics are some of my favourite events to watch – possibly because they connect me back in to two of my childhood hobbies, but I also love the excitement of the swimming and the drama of the kayaking!

​Despite the School being in “remote mode” there has been much happening as usual. In addition to the daily learning for the girls, other members of the Lowther Hall Community have been working behind the scenes in online meetings, planning sessions or workshops.

​When, on Thursday, the Premier announced that on Friday schools would have to “do the best they can” as we entered the 5 day lockdown I felt proud to know that at Lowther Hall this would mean that girls would be engaged in meaningful learning, with students from Years 2 to 12 experiencing a full timetable of classes from Friday morning.

​Many of you know that I love David Attenborough and that in my down time I very much enjoy watching his documentaries. Animal behaviour has always fascinated me and in the end of term assembly today, I spoke to the girls about the Fire ants of the Amazon Rainforest, which featured in a recent episode of his latest series, A Perfect Planet.

S​tudent voice is incredibly important to us at Lowther Hall and is an important aspect of our mission to educate the whole person. This means that when students come to senior staff with proposals, we give them a hearing and try to support them to bring their ideas to fruition.

​Whenever we have to endure something difficult, there is the joy that comes when it is over. Today, as music flows through the mansion again and the sound of girls laughing and talking fills the air, we know – once again – the happiness that comes from a return to school after a period of lockdown.

​National Reconciliation Week concluded yesterday and, despite not being present on site for the week, I was proud to see the Prefect Body and other student leaders acknowledging the occasion and promoting activities to advance reconciliation amongst their peers.

Whilst it is disappointing to be back in lockdown, I am extremely grateful to the staff, students and families for their ongoing flexibility and goodwill as we move into remote learning again. In my own Year 7 class on line this morning...

​At the end of last week I presented at a conference for Heads of Independent Schools on the topic “What inspires you?” In the session, my co-presenter (Principal of St Michael’s – Ms Terrie Jones) and I shared things that we had read and listened to over the last 12 months that had provided insight, nourishment or sustenance as we navigated the challenges of lockdown.

This week our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students undertook the annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy And Numeracy) tests. These Australia wide tests are designed to demonstrate the extent to which students across the nation are travelling against a range of outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.